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Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Calls For Governments To End Patent Wars 135

Posted by Soulskill
from the not-that-amazon-ever-patented-anything dept.
concealment writes with news that Amazon's Jeff Bezos has called for new legislation from governments to end abuse of the patent system. He said, 'Patents are supposed to encourage innovation and we're starting to be in a world where they might start to stifle innovation. Governments may need to look at the patent system and see if those laws need to be modified because I don't think some of these battles are healthy for society.' His comments are from an interview with the UK's Metro. Bezos was also optimistic about the future of the private space industry: "If private companies can start to generate profits from this kind of activity then you’ll start to see the flywheel spin more rapidly and we’ll make more progress, because I really do think we want to live in a civilization where millions of people are living and working in space."
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Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Calls For Governments To End Patent Wars

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  • Yes, and no. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Black Parrot (19622) on Wednesday October 17, 2012 @02:40PM (#41684387)

    I agree with him on patent reform.

    However, I suspect that it's impossible to write a set of laws that leeches can't find a way to exploit, for their own benefit at the detriment of the greater good.

  • Re:MIGHT???? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Zocalo (252965) on Wednesday October 17, 2012 @02:55PM (#41684573) Homepage
    Also, "start"??? I think the correct phrase at this point would be "Patents are supposed to encourage innovation and we're now in a world where they have already stifled innovation."

    Or isn't Mr. Bezos keeping up with events in the courthouses of the Eastern District of Texas?
  • by qbitslayer (2567421) on Wednesday October 17, 2012 @03:00PM (#41684641)

    The current patent system is harmful to society because it tramples on freedom and gives unfair powers to patent holders. The purpose of patents is to provide an incentive for innovation and compensate inventors for their hard work. However, it should not infringe on the freedom of others. That would be counter to its purpose. Above all, the system must never serve as a carte blanche for a few to bully others out of the market. What we need is something like this:

    1. A special independent fund must be set aside to compensate inventors for their inventions and reward innovation.
    2. A retroactive formula must be adopted to calculate the amount of the compensation.
    3. The formula must be adjustable so as to establish the best return for society at large in terms of innovations.
    4. Last but not least, whatever the formula chosen, it must never infringe on the right of the individual to copy and use any invention for any ethical purpose.

    Inventors should register and publish their findings as soon as they can because their compensation will depend on how much society like and use their ideas. Of course, we still need a Patent bureau and a system to manage claims and the proper registrations of inventions. The system should be able to determine the usefulness and popularity of an invention and how much work went into researching and creating the invention. It should also be as automated as possible.

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